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The critically-acclaimed author of the New York Times bestseller A Land More Kind Than Home returns with a resonant novel of love and atonement, blood and vengeance, involving two young sisters, a wayward father, and an enemy determined to see him pay for his sins.

When their mother dies unexpectedly, twelve-year-old Easter and her six-year-old sister Ruby are shuffled into the foster care system in Gastonia, North Carolina, a town not far from the Appalachian mountains. But just as they settle into their new life, their errant father, Wade, an ex-minor league baseball player whom they haven’t seen in years, suddenly appears and wants to spend more time with them. Unfortunately, Wade has signed away legal rights to his daughters, and the only way he can get Easter and Ruby back is to steal them away in the middle of the night.

Brady Weller, the girls’court-appointed guardian, begins looking for Wade, and he quickly turns up unsettling information linking Wade to a recent armored car heist, one with a whopping $14.5 million missing. But Brady Weller isn’t the only one hunting the desperate father. Robert Pruitt, a shady and mercurial man nursing a years-old vendetta, is also determined to find Wade and claim his due.

Narrated by Easter, Weller, and Pruitt in alternating voices that are at once captivating and heartbreaking, This Dark Road to Mercy is a story about the emotional pull of family and the primal desire to outrun a past that refuses to let go.

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Quotes & Awards

  • This Dark Road to Mercy is a terrific, moving, and propulsive novel: Harper Lee by way of Elmore Leonard.”

    Jess Walter, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Wiley Cash knows how to grab his reader on page one and hang on for dear life as he presents brilliant portraits of desperate people.”

    Lee Smith, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Another winner. This Dark Road to Mercy is filled with suspense and beckons you to read faster to find all of the answers, but don’t, for fear you will miss the wonderful richness and detail of this particular time and place.”

    Jill McCorkle, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Darkly mesmerizing.”

    O, The Oprah Magazine

  • “The voice is Southern and oh so charming in This Dark Road to Mercy, a crime novel by Wiley Cash that’s also a road movie and a baseball tale and a wicket twist on Sixth-Grade Father-Daughter Night…If they hadn’t left such havoc in their wake, you might also call this a heartwarming love story.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Exciting and suspenseful as well as moving, with a captivating heroine, this is a tremendous book.”

    Guardian (London)

  • “Captures the reader’s attention from the start and never lets go.”

    Library Journal

  • “Set in the Carolinas, Cash’s novel is a fine example of reader-pleasing southern storytelling in the mold of Ron Rash and Tom Franklin.”


  • “[A] striking take on Southern literature.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award
  • Selected for the February 2014 Indie Next List
  • A 2013 Library Journal Editor’s Pick
  • Shortlisted for the 2014 CWA Gold Dagger
  • A February 2014 LibraryReads Pick
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About the Author
Author Wiley Cash

Wiley Cash is from western North Carolina, a region that figures prominently in his fiction. He holds a BA in literature from the University of North Carolina at Asheville, an MA in English from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and a PhD in English from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He and his wife currently live in West Virginia, where he teaches fiction writing and American literature at Bethany College.